|Romans 4:24 |
24 But it was written for us also, to whom righteousness shall be imputed [credited],if we believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead;2
2 righteousness shall be imputed if we believe in him who raises up Jesus our Lord from the dead. If we believe who speaks to us from within our heart, the Word of God, who is one with the Father, then we believe who raised Jesus from the dead; and if we keep believing what we hear, as we wait and listen, we too will have Jesus raised in us by the Father.
Who raises up Jesus? — the Father. Who is dead? — we are dead in our sins, without the life of God. He raises up Jesus in a believer who has crucified his selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial:
And when we were dead in our sins, He [the Father] brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ; it is through grace that you are saved;
And has raised [past tense, not future tense] us up together [with Christ], and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:5-6
If then you are risen [present tense, not future tense] with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Col 3:1
The righteousness of Christ shall be imputed to you also when you have crucified your selfish, sinful spirit and received the gift of faith with the fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5:22-24; and when Christ is resurrected in you to be your true Lord and King, that is the end of imputation, and the possession of it. As Paul said:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life, which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 5:20
Clearly, Paul possessed Christ. Clearly, He had crucified his selfish spirit before Christ being resurrected in him. Clearly, the righteousness of Christ had been imputed to Paul. Christ became Paul's true Lord and King, and Paul then lived by faith, speaking words as he was told, and doing whatever he was ordered. Since it was Christ in control, clearly Paul was practicing righteousness as Jesus practiced righteousness, as John told us must be done for anyone to be righteous:
Little children, let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.
He who commits sin is of the devil, for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil.
Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed [Christ] remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed [distinguished]: whoever does not live righteously is not of God, neither is he who does not love his brother. 1 John3:7-10
From the Word of the Lord within:
"There is a righteousness imputed only after death;" which occurs when you have been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial.
"There is no righteousness apart from God;" and when Jesus is resurrected within you, you are in union with God, no longer apart from God.
"Awake to righteousness and sin not;" it is impossible to be righteous and still be sinning.
William Penn addressed the righteousness that we must obtain:
Christ clothes with his righteousness those who receive his grace in their hearts, and deny themselves, and take up their cross daily, and follow him. Christ's righteousness makes men inwardly holy, of holy minds, wills, and practices. Although we have righteousness, it is Christ's; for it is ours, not by nature, but by faith and adoption. It is the gift of God. But still, it is not ours as from ourselves, for it is Christ's, being of and from him. Yet it is ours, and must be ours in possession, power, and enjoyment, to do us any good; or Christ's righteousness will profit us nothing. In this way was he made righteousness, sanctification, justification, and redemption to the primitive Christians; and if ever you will have the comfort, kernel, and marrow of the Christian religion, in like manner you must come to learn and obtain it.
Simply put: the more you obey the commands of Christ heard from within your heart, the more of his Spirit you receive; the more of his Spirit you possess, the closer you come to salvation, purity, and righteousness. You receive more of his Spirit by hearing him speak words to you, which also puts to death your selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, until finally Jesus is actually resurrected in you; at which point you are righteous as he was righteous because he is in total control of you as your Lord. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7. When you possess Christ in full measure as a perfect man, you posses His righteousness too. Look at the many verses that support Jesus being raised in the believer:
And so do the scriptures that speak of an entirely new creature:
From the Word of the Lord within: "The new life is as radically different as a man who has lived underground his whole life, suddenly coming above ground to see the sun, the sky, the plants, the animals, the wind, the stars."
You cannot create your own righteousness, however good a life you lead. To think you are righteous because you are kind and merciful is presumption.
The blind guides of Christendom tell you that you have the righteousness of Christ because you believe; that also is presumption.
They say to rely on the "imputed righteousness of Christ" to us, based on our faith; as it was with Abraham.
Abraham evidenced his belief by obedience: Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commands, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26:5
And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice. Gen 22:18
There is imputed righteousness that comes after we have crucified our sinful nature by our repentant obedience on the cross.
Abraham exercised his faith in obedience to God's voice by being circumcised, just as we must receive the spiritual circumcision- our heart circumcised from sin.
Abraham exercised his faith in obedience to God's voice to leave his home for a new land — so we must forsake the world to enter God's Kingdom.
Abraham exercised his faith by obeying God's voice, willing to sacrifice Isaac, so we too must be willing to forsake everything and be obedient to the voice within.
Abraham was strong in faith as evidenced by his belief in the promise and his obedience to Gods' commands that he heard spoken to him.
Later, God ordered Abraham to "walk before me and be perfect," Gen 17:1.
If he had not walked in the steps of faith, being obedient as commanded, his righteousness would have been cancelled.
We must go to him. We must wait on him — listen silently, with humble silence in need of his changing power — grace.
Wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. We must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation.
No, we must go to Him to receive his purifying grace to become righteous-
the fruit (effect) of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness is quietness and confident trust, (unquestionable assurance), forever. Isa 32:17.
Make-believe Christians have a make-believe righteousness, with make-believe peace and make-believe quietness and confidence forever.
When you receive the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, you then walk in love, obeying the continuous commands of Christ.
The below scriptures prove wrong the false prophets of Christendom, who say that only believing is necessary:
Paul clarifies: for we through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness. Gal. 5:5
Paul further: You are slaves of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16
And Paul: Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34
(Notice: righteousness and sinlessness are co-dependent.)
Paul again: aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, in the company of those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22
Jesus told us to seek His righteousness as our highest priority in life, forgetting food and clothing,
saying: Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Mat 6:31-33
Jesus also said: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, Mat 5:6
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7
Works of love, energized by faith, are essential to attaining righteousness.
Paul said, I declared..that they should repent and turn to God, and do works consistent with repentance. Acts 26:20
Paul: The cross is only obedience, and those who oppose it are headed for destruction, for their god is their belly. Phil 3:19
James said: You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:19-20
Paul further said, "Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12
Paul said: glory, honor, and peace, are to every man who works good. Rom 2:10.
Paul said: To those who by perseverance in good works, seek for glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life. Rom 2:7
And For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, Eph 2:10;
Again Paul said, grace results in a people zealous for good works. Titus 2:14
Jesus said, unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3. Repentance requires effort on your part.
And, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19 (Zealous is -ardent desire, enthusiastic).
Jesus further said, Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. Mat 11:29
Jesus said, If any man desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23
In His messages to the seven churches, Jesus mentions to every church how their works are key.
Jesus said, I have not found your works perfect before God. Rev 3:2-3. Jesus wants perfect works energized by faith.
Jesus said, Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes,
but strive and work and produce rather for the food which endures unto life eternal. John 6:27
James said: You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. James 2:24
So works of faith are essential to realizing righteousness, purity, salvation, and the Kingdom — given to us by grace, according to the obedience of our faith.